10 Things You Shouldn't Share On The Job

Workopolis | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Business

There is a time and place for everything, and the things you might share with your friends or personal network are not always appropriate when you're on the job. After all, you never know how people might react to something you share (or overshare) at work, and those reactions can affect your day-to-day relationships and your career as a whole.

Why 3 To-Do Lists Are More Efficient Than 1

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

According to experts, every minute spent in planning saves you 10 minutes in execution. I think that if we have a list and follow it, we are saving substantially more time, and stress as well. If we create and use our Daily List of five tasks, we will save ourselves many hours of frustration just by being disciplined.

Workplace Depression Is Real

Emily C. Johnson | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Business
Emily C. Johnson

My alarm rings, I try to wake up and go out of bed but... I can't: my body feels like a heavy sandbag forced down to the mattress, my mind races, and my eyes traitorously well up with tears. The first emotion is fear. Not that I can't get up but that I could be late for work. I try to leave my bed again. No luck. And yet, my mental block doesn't prevent me from calling to a boss and asking for one day off for health reasons. Depression. It's real.

'Healthy Work Lunches' Aren't Just A Myth

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

In my years of nutrition counselling, I have noticed that lunch often seems to be the forgotten meal. People say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and dinner is almost always the biggest meal of the day. But what about lunch? Lunch should make up almost one-third of your daily nutrition intake -- shouldn't that be important?

Bring An Entrepreneurial Spirit To Your Office

Sheryl Boswell | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Business
Sheryl Boswell

As human beings, we often find ourselves doing the same things in the same ways. We pour a cup of coffee, turn on our computer at work, check email... the list goes on. And sure, we've heard the phrase "creature of habit" to validate this type of behaviour, but I'm here to declare it's okay to mix it up every once in a while.

Talking About Suicide At Work Shouldn't Be Taboo

Monique Caissie | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

Having worked in suicide prevention, I know that making suicide and suicide ideation taboo plays a part in suicide statistics. Just like Mental Illness has been coming out of the closet in the last few years, suicides can be prevented when it is destigmatized and talked about. We have anti-bullying legislation talk about workplace harassment. But suicide or suicide ideation and mental illness are too often off the table.

ACT: A Mental Health Strategy For Overcoming Life's Obstacles

Deri Latimer | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Sometimes you are just rolling along and -- WHAM! -- you are broadsided by an unexpected obstacle. No matter the obstacle, there is a simple and practical strategy that can help you move through the obstacle and either get back on track or find a new track all together!

You Might Be A Princess At Work If...

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

You may be the one who is always making the new pot of coffee, unjamming the photocopier, replacing supplies, helping out in emergencies, always available (even when on vacation) and generally giving 100 per cent back to your organization and team. But there is always one princess who doesn't do any of that, doesn't feel even remotely guilty but seems to get the same rewards as you.

Are You An Armchair Critic?

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

We criticize the athletes' outfits, the colour of their hair, their body art and especially their performance. "Oh, he planted his foot too early on that hurdle!" or "She needs to get a better start so she doesn't fade in the last 20 metres!" and so on. What gives us the right to criticize them? Why do we assume that we "know better"? And more importantly, why do we do this at work, too?

Have You Lost Your Credibility At Work?

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

Credibility is one of those invisible skills that we have quite a bit of control over. It can affect every aspect of your life including your professional life. Luckily, there are many ways you can control your credibility.

Challenging Your Confidence And Taking It To The Bank

Monique Caissie | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada
Monique Caissie

It was 1979 and fresh out of high school, she was excited to have her first real job in a bank so close to her house. Even though it was entry level, ...

The 2016 Professional "Hall Of Shame" Awards

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

Every day, we see people whose photos should hang in the Professional Hall of Shame. People who are simply awful at their jobs, and who somehow manage to get away with bad behavior. They never get fired, but they give their profession a bad name.

Observations On Gen Z In The Workplace

Sheryl Boswell | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Business
Sheryl Boswell

Only recently has greater attention been paid to Generation Z. As more data is collected, what we are beginning to see is not so much a continuation of the trends we saw with Millennials, but the introduction of a new cohort with their own priorities, beliefs and abilities. With yet another generation (for a total of five!) entering the workforce, it's important to understand what makes them tick so that we can better understand how to make the most of them.

Do You See What I See?

Deri Latimer | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada
Deri Latimer

Recently, I purchased a one year licence to use Zoom, a video conferencing service. I had experienced it prior to purchasing it and I liked the opport...

Shows Like Game Of Thrones Don't Do Working Women Any Favours

G(irls)20 | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Business

Culture says that women ought to be homemakers, look pretty and that they're prizes to be "earned" by men. But culture is learned, and in no small part via popular media. Americans spend on average five hours daily watching TV, for example -- lots of time for media to cultivate unconscious biases.

How To Handle Gossip In The Workplace

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

Gossip. It happens in every workplace and in every family. For some reason, we just love to talk about others. Perhaps it makes us feel better about ourselves, and maybe it reassures us that no one is perfect. Whatever the case, it can make for some pretty interesting lunch conversation.

5 Simple Ways To Be Healthy At Work

Dr. Allana Polo | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Allana Polo

If you are going to spend a lot of time at work, you need to make sure you are living well, even amongst the stress and strain of deadlines and performance reviews. The good news: it's not as hard as you think. Try incorporating some of these simple principles and ideas into your average workday.

Stop! You Are Paying Your Admin Too Much

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

Start using your administrative professionals to their full potential, and that means taking advantage of all of their capabilities.

Raising Your Workplace EQ: The Value Of Creating Connections

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Being talented, driven, confident, curious, creative, courageous and ambitious are all necessities if you want to be a success in any field, but they're not enough. The interpersonal component can make or break even the most promising career. The bottom line is that if you don't know how to relate to other people it will be difficult, if not impossible, to succeed in your career.

It's Not All Doom And Gloom In Canada's Job Market

Tom Turpin | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Business
Tom Turpin

Randstad compiled and crunched data on nine of the hottest job sectors in Canada, surveying employers, candidates, and industry experts from coast-to-coast, and collecting feedback on what's driving job growth and talent across the country.

Why Soft Skills Beat Hard Skills In Business

Evan Thompson | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

For those climbing the organizational ladder (and others already at the top) the ability to earn the trust and loyalty of colleagues, clients, and prospects through exceptional soft skills now tops the value of technical expertise as the hunt for prospective leaders continues.

You Are The Sum Of Your Experiences

Judy Mann | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Business
Judy Mann

I am proud of where I am today and who I have become. I am the result of all of my experiences -- the good, the bad, and the not so good. And, I wouldn't go back and change a thing. So, to those that I have worked with, worked for, and known throughout that almost 40 years of workplace experience, thank you. You are part of my whole.

Is Your 'Strong Work Ethic' Killing You?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Last week I worked with a client who prides himself on his strong work ethic. Hard work and excellence matter to him (which is awesome!). The problem? He's burning himself out with 14-hour workdays. And he's calling it "strong work ethic."

Don't Mistake Speed For Efficiency In Customer Service

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

It's Friday night and weather at Newark has caused another flight cancellation. The lines are long, but the staff is excellent and moving through the line quickly. And then I find out why. As pleasant, compassionate and friendly as they are, they are singularly focused on serving the customer quickly; yet not efficiently.

Why Investing Time In Innovation Pays Off

Steve Titus | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Business
Steve Titus

Time is a precious commodity. Everyone wants more of it but there are only 24 hours in a day. And every company wants to be seen as innovative but it is not something you can always book a meeting to accomplish. Innovation usually requires an investment of time and resources.